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Free download Á Maharanis The Extraordinary Tale of Four Indian ueens and Their Journey from Purdah to Parliament Ë PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free É A rare exotic portrait of the matriarchs of a brilliant I; Indira her flamboyant daughter; and Ayesha her eually fashionable daughter who fought tirelessly and with incomparable grace to turn an ancient tradition of noblesse oblige into a progressive democra. This book is an engaging look at 20th Century India through the lens of four related royal ladies Through the lens of their lives the march of India towards independence and the march of women out of the confinement of purdah similar to the Middle Eastern harem concept and into public life As well as the progress away from being a colonial power this book also shows the process by which the nearly all powerful monarchies were dissolvedBy the end one suspects that the author has fallen a little in love with her subjects and may be glossing over some of the drawbacks of life in the Princely States or by her selection of particularly progressive examples of maharajas and maharanis There are occasional footnote references to maharajas of other families who were known to be rather less concerned with the well being of their subjects and one wonders which is the typical exampleDespite this possibly over romanticized perspective the story of these four women makes a very complex and fraught period of time readable and engaging

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A rare exotic portrait of the matriarchs of a brilliant Indian family Ranging from the final days of the Raj and the British Empire to the present Lucy Moore vividly re creates a splendid lost world an. What a wonderful history lesson Lucy Moore has done some in depth research work and takes us through the lives of 4 extraordinary women who not only led glamorous lives but also used their positions of power to the betterment of their subjects Some inescapable facts Women empowerment a century back was completely due to belief's of the men in their lives fathers andor husbands Educating women was seen as a waste of effort and resources and most high born women grew up in the purdah with her family till she married in her early teens and then exchanged it for her husband's zenana where she still lived under the purdah seeing no men other than her husband and close relatives for her entire life Though there is considerable wealth all around she herself does not have any money or own anything She is also usually only one her husband's wives and her position in the zenana depends on how much her husband favours her and her seniority in the household She is a puppet dependent on her husband's good will to grant her wishesThe males in the family grown up in luxury and having every wish granted Most seem to die due to over indulgence and ills related to alcoholism So many mothers grieving over lives wasted awayParts I found interesting were tale of Chimnabai breaking purdah rollerskating across the palace playing tennis in her marathi style saree progressive mindset of Sayajirao Gaekwad Chimnabai's husband his governance and sponsoring the education of BR Ambedkar and many others Sunity devi and her association with Brahmo Samaj unreal how many letters the maharani's exchanged with the ueenss of England Indira Raje rejecting arranged marriage to a Maharaja in the early 1910s and stubbornly marrying the Princenot crown prince from Cooch Behar Indira Raje popularising the way the saree is worn currently in India Ayesha Gayatri Devi's political career opposing Congress enmity with Indira Gandhi and stay in Tihar Jail Maharaja of Jaipur's support of his Muslim subjects during the partition riots No Muslim should leave Jaipur and go They are all like the hair on my chest All of them pushed for emancipation of women and changed the lives of scores of women directly or indirectly Though all have been given a big piece of the pie of wealth and beauty and position yet their lives is also a story of great suffering and tragedy Most of them were young widows and all lived to see most of their children die early They had trouble forgiving members of their own family but was kind to dependants and supplicants With India gaining independence they had to give up their power and position and endure many broken promises by the govt I recommend this book for anyone with interest in Indian History Well worth the time invested

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Maharanis The Extraordinary Tale of Four Indian ueens and Their Journey from Purdah to ParliamentD describes India's national growing pains through the sumptuous audacious lives of four ravishing influential women of the same family Sunity Devi friend to ueen Victoria; Chimnabai fierce nationalist. Moore's history is well researched and competently written South Asian history and culture is a difficult topic to handle well particularly in a short space this work is less than 300 pages long but Moore does an excellent job of glossing the important historical and cultural contexts the reader needs in order to understand the history of the princely states in relation to the British Raj as well as such varied topics as the caste system the social hierarchy and the domestic marital arrangements of upper caste and class Indian nobility Much of the book is spent on telling the stories of the grand matriarchs of the royal families of Baroda and Cooch Behar from about 1870 through 1930 This allows Moore not only to focus her narrative on how purdah eventually withered away in the privileged circles she is dealing with but also provides important information on family relations the character of the women she eventually wishes to focus on particularly Ayesha maharani of Jaipur Although this overwhelming emphasis on the earlier women somewhat serves Moor's purpose it also gets a little tedious and repetitious The highlight of the book for me was the conflict between Ayesha and India Gandhi particularly during the years of the Emergency; Moore only devotes a handful of pages to this One weakness of this book is that Moore who knew Ayesha and her family personally is too involved with her subjects to see them clearly as persons in other words she loses her historical objectivity; of course this is a problem with narrative in general and no history is or should be entirely objective but Moore makes some large gaffes in my view because she is personally concerned Moore excuses or downplays character flaws in her subjects in order to make them look like valiant heroic people who just happened to be put upon because of their wealth and former status For example one pattern of behavior that comes through loud and clear is the inability of any of these maharanis to let their daughters marry the person of their choice even though they themselves did so If these women were ordinary women we might say they were too bound by tradition or unkindly that they were hypocritical Also and not to excuse the abuses of power committed by Congress but Moore clearly finds the rich and privileged lifestyles of her subject compelling and glamorous even though this lifestyle is often at the expense of those less well to do than they are something that Congress was justified in criticizingIn short this is a worthwhile history because it highlights a moment of South Asian history that is not often written about but the narrative tends to unravel towards the end of the book